On behalf of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission and the Permanent Secretariat of Urban Innovative Actions (UIA), we invite you to join us in the upcoming UDN webinar series ‘Urban Innovative Actions, achievements and perspectives’. The Urban Development Network and the UIA will join forces in this series of 3 webinars taking you through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative’s achievements and perspectives for the future. With 86 projects across 20 European Member States, UIA is enabling cities to test innovative solutions and develop evidence-based urban policies.

At a point in time when the preparation of Cohesion policy programmes 2021/27 enters in a decisive phase, and the New Leipzig Charter has been adopted by Member States, this series comes as an ideal occasion to gather Cohesion Policy stakeholders to take stock of what the UIA has achieved so far, its contributions to Cohesion Policy, and its future under the European Urban Initiative 2021/27. More specifically, the webinar series will focus on 3 main questions:

Session 1: UIA Achievements. UIA, what has been achieved so far? 03 February 2021
Session 2: UIA & Cohesion Policy. Bridging UIA & Cohesion policy: how to optimise UIA added value? 10 February 2021
Session 3: Future UIA. What comes next as a new model for innovative actions under the European Urban Initiative for 2021-27? 17 February 2021

We kindly ask you to circulate this invitation widely to relevant members of your network interested in designing and implementing new innovative projects and strategies that contribute to a Europe that is Smarter, Greener, more Connected, more Social and closer to citizens. [+]

CoverCities in the World - A New Perspective on Urbanisation
OCDE Urban Studies, 2020

Cities are not only home to around half of the global population but also major centers of economic activity and innovation. Yet, so far there has been no consensus of what a city really is. Substantial differences in the way cities, metropolitan, urban, and rural areas are defined across countries hinder robust international comparisons and an accurate monitoring of SDGs. The report Cities in the World: A New Perspective on Urbanisation addresses this void and provides new insights on urbanisation by applying for the first time two new definitions of human settlements to the entire globe: the Degree of Urbanisation and the Functional Urban Area. Based on the definitions, the report presents new evidence of recent and future urbanisation trends and sheds light on the evolution of metropolitan areas around the globe. It examines whether and why quality of life differs between cities and other types of settlements. It analyses the relationship between economic development and the metropolitan system in countries around the world. Finally, it presents new evidence on the changing shape of cities and its impact on sustainability. The report demonstrates how globally consistent definitions of cities and metropolitan areas can contribute to more effective policy design. [+]

La Comisión otorga a veintidós ciudades financiación para proyectos innovadores; pone en marcha una nueva convocatoria de proyectos para la seguridad en los espacios públicos urbanos.

La Comisión ha anunciado las ciudades ganadoras de la tercera convocatoria de proyectos de la iniciativa Acciones Urbanas Innovadoras. Con 92 millones de euros del Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional se financiarán soluciones innovadoras a desafíos urbanos, tales como la calidad del aire, el cambio climático, la vivienda, y los puestos de trabajo y las capacidades necesarios para la economía local. La Comisión también pone en marcha hoy la cuarta convocatoria de la iniciativa Acciones Innovadoras Urbanas. Cuenta con 100 millones de euros a disposición de las ciudades, destinados a financiar proyectos innovadores para proteger los espacios públicos y reducir su vulnerabilidad, como se anunció en el Plan de acción de 2017, en el marco de la Agenda Europea de Seguridad. La convocatoria financiará también proyectos digitales, medioambientales y de inclusión. (RAPID, IP/18/6062, 10.10.2018)

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